Ozone therapy is the use of ozone gas, which has three oxygen molecules instead of typical oxygen’s two, to promote health and treat a broad range of conditions. This treatment has been leveraged since the 1800s but is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as researchers have begun exploring new applications for the therapy.
At the most basic level, ozone therapy increases oxygen in the body. In doing so, it can deliver a number of key benefits, including improved white blood cell activity, detoxification, better circulation, and prevention or control of infections.
In medical settings, special equipment is used to administer ozone via injection. During the 1980s, its safety was studied rigorously by the German Medical Society for Ozone Therapy. More than 5 million treatments were assessed, of which just 40 cases had side effects. This translates to a .000007% risk of side effects, winning ozone therapy the title of “the safest medical therapy ever devised.”
With that being said, even with this tremendously small risk, many patients still like to perform their due diligence and explore the potential side effects.
The Possible Side Effects of Ozone Therapy
Although it’s highly unlikely for ozone to be inhaled, as protocols are followed diligently in reputable clinics, inhalation could result in headache, nausea, vomiting, or coughing in extremely sensitive individuals.
Patients may also experience a Herxheimer reaction, also known as a healing reaction, in which flu-like symptoms manifest temporarily before the condition being addressed is ultimately improved. In other words, some patients may feel worse before they feel better, but this is a common response to detoxification. Many healing modalities lead to this phenomenon.
Benefits of Ozone Therapy
Of course, it may also be helpful to note the positive changes you may experience after ozone therapy. In addition to improvement of the original condition, you may notice side effects such as:
- Boosted energy levels
- Improved sleep
- Better hair and nail growth
- Improved skin tone
Ozone therapy is commonly used to eliminate infections, accelerate wound healing, and control the effects of chronic conditions, such as Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis (MS), among others. It works by activating healing cytokines in the body and improving its natural immune defense. As such, many patients feel that the potential payoffs far outweigh the minimal risks associated with treatment.
This post was written by Becky Palmer, a medical professional at https://www.stemedix.com. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.